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Role models: How Intel celebrates Black History Month

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Visibility is powerful, yet too often technologists don’t see role models who reflect who they are. In honor of Black History Month — and to celebrate and make visible those who are creating a better workplace — this “Role models” series highlights Intel innovators from across the company.

Meet Whitney Way, supply line manager, and strategy development chair, Network of Intel African Americans (NIA) in Arizona:whitney.jpg

What does Black History Month mean to you?

For me Black History Month is a time dedicated to celebrating the contributions of great Americans that have not historically received the recognition and accolades they deserve. I believe it is important to recognize all of the figures who have contributed to our current understanding of science, technology, and culture. Black History Month means giving time in commemoration and celebration of those who have made this country what it is today.

How do you celebrate/recognize Black History Month?

I celebrate by acknowledging those such as Gerald Lawson, James Baldwin, Katherine Johnson, John Lewis, and many more who have provided incredible advances in science, art, and civil rights. I also acknowledge the success and sacrifice of these figures and many more who do not appear in films or history books year round. I enjoy assisting with events and volunteering to help ensure that people of all backgrounds know and appreciate the contributions and sacrifices of those who have shaped our country.

Meet Robert Crosby, diffusion engineering manager:

What does Black History Month mean to you?

Black History Month symbolizes a time to re-energize and highlight the achievements and historical contributions of Africans and African Americans worldwide.

How do you celebrate/recognize Black History Month?

I celebrate Black History Month by re-engaging in the community, more selectively reading, and doing exercises with my family – ranging from attending Black violinists and HBCU concerts at the Chandler Performing Arts Center to sharing stories with my children that my parents and grandparents shared with me. Throughout the year I remain active in community engagement through advocacy and STEM outreach as the External Outreach Chair for the Network of Intel African Americans.

Meet Delia Grenville, developer relations, global software enabling:delia-grenville.jpg

How do you celebrate/recognize Black History Month?

I always look for the special events, articles, and concerts that happen during this time. My particular interest is in something family oriented, informative, or exploring something new.  Lately, I’ve been focused on the history of Oregon and events sponsored or promoted by Oregon Black Pioneers.

Why is this month important to celebrate?

The sense of being valued, feeling seen and understood, being a part of what we all hold dear and believe is real.  Sounds like motherhood and apple pie, right? But, the history of disenfranchisement definitely has denied these fundamental human experiences for some people. When we talk about numbers and diversity and getting to representation, sometimes I think we forget that the numbers are a reflection of our values. I am glad Intel wants to create a workplace where we are all valued.
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